The John Butler Trio is an Australian jam band whose singer and guitarist is John Butler. Two albums of their creation have earned platinum status in Australia and have climbed the top ten charts in Australia in recent years: Three (2001) and Living 2001-2002 (2003). The album Sunrise Over Sea (2004) debuted directly at the head of the charts on March 15, 2004, and even reached the status of gold record in the first week of its release. Their success is all the more impressive as the band is self-produced by its label, Jarrah Records, which it shares with another Australian folk band, The Waifs.
In April 2001, John Butler Trio released Three, the first album recorded by the band and went to Melbourne to promote it on the Australian east coast. Three remained on the Australian charts for nine months and reached third place at the height of her success, which was exceptional for an independent band. The album received an award from the Australian Recording Industry Association in the category "Best Independent Record" in 2001, and the first single Betterman placed fifth in the Triple J Hottest.
After the success of Three in Australia, the album was released in the United States in 2002 and two American tours followed. John Butler Trio went on a tour with Dave Matthews Band and John Mayer, and played at numerous festivals such as the Bonnaroo Music Festival, South by Southwest, and the Australian Splendor in the Grass Festival.
As a result of this intensive tour, the group gained a very good reputation for their stage performances. The band released Living 2001-02 in February 2003, a live double album that went straight into the Australian top ten and eventually became a platinum record.